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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Handle a crime situation 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117833  Handle a crime situation 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A Person credited with this unit standard will be able to identify the measures necessary to prevent and manage a crime related incident, and to address personal safety issues and asset security, in order to make any environment more secure for the person and for assets.

This unit standard will be useful to any person who works in a situation where any form of crime related to a person, property or asset is possible. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Communication at NQF 1 or equivalent. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
The applied competence expressed in this standard covers the knowledge and understanding of preventing and managing a crime situation, which is necessary for learners who work in the broader South African economy.

The range includes innovative responses to unfamiliar and unpredictable problems, using basic analytical interpretation of information.

The level assigned to this Unit Standard is appropriate because a fairly narrow range of knowledge and cognitive skills is applied. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Identify and manage potential exposures to the risk of a crime. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The definition of crime is given. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
An act; unlawfulness; culpability; punishment; intent e.g. robbery.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The typical areas of high risk for crime are identified, and the reasons for being high risk areas, are explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
Potential dangers to personal safety and/or asset integrity are named. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
Key steps that can be taken to prevent or reduce the risk of a crime are explained. (E.g. suspicious persons milling around the work place; picking up hitch-hikers/ prostitutes on the road; people standing around vehicles at traffic lights). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
Security and/or protection measures that will assist with individual safety and asset security in a work context are identified. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
The ideal behaviours of the victim in a crime situation are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Identify underpinning reasons for crime occurring. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The impact of the socio- economic and political environment on crime levels can be explained. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The implications of external triggers on the criminal's person are explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Substance abuse; peer pressure; media; poverty
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The contribution that the free market for stolen goods has on the scope of crime in South Africa is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication after a crime situation. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
A complete evidential statement is given. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Detailed sequence and description of events; detailed description of scene of crime; detailed description of perpetrators and weapons
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
An effective model of observation before, during and after the crime can be explained and demonstrated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Dress, Ethnic colour, Build, Age, Imperfections, hair, gender
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
The actions to be taken after the crime situation are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Demonstrate an awareness of the consequences of a crime incident on those persons directly involved in the crime. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
The personal consequences for the victim in a crime situation are identified and the avenues available to deal with such consequences are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Psychological ; emotional; physical
  • Trauma counselling units; South Africa Police; community structures; religious support centres
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The common symptoms of psychological trauma (i.e. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) in a person are identified and explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The legal consequences for the perpetrator are explained, depending on the severity of the situation. (e.g. imprisonment; community service) 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The economic consequences for the business/ workplace where the crime occurred, are understood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The typical individual responses during a crime situation are explained and demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The "level of care" towards others involved in a crime incident is explained. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited by the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a memorandum of understanding with the relevant ETQA
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA at its discretion.
  • Moderation should encompass achievement of competence described in both individual unit standards as well as the integrated competence described in the qualification. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Essential embedded knowledge will be assessed through assessment of the Specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated Assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the Specific outcomes, to the standards described in the Assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be directly inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance. Where direct assessment of knowledge is required, Assessment criteria have been included in the body of the unit standard.

    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • Post traumatic stress disorders.
  • An evidential statement
  • The South African laws applying to perpetrators
  • The duty of care of others involved in a crime situation. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions in proposing a plan to improve the safety and security conditions in a work environment. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team to recall and record in detail, all aspects of the crime situation to improve the likelihood of an arrest being made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage him/herself in identifying potential exposures to personal safety and asset security/integrity risks, and to take steps to prevent or manage the risks. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information concerning the immiediate physical environment to identify potential safety and security risks associated with crime. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, numerical and/or language skills - orally or written - in order that a complete evidential statement is recorded. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that certain external influences have a direct impact on the psyche of the perpetrator. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Accreditation Process (Including Moderation):

    Notes:

    The following methods of assessment have been identified as the preferred measurement and assessment of learner competence in the above-mentioned Performance Assessment Criteria
  • Simulation and Role-plays
  • Oral assessment methods (e.g. presentations)
  • Written tests/case studies/projects
  • A portfolio of evidence - valid, reliable and authentic evidence from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence.

    These methods must be carefully selected based on the purpose of the assessment (For example, the written method could be used to assess knowledge or a simulation role play for demonstration of practical competence). The assessment must integrate a number of different methods (no less than two of those detailed above) in order to give the assessor reliable and valid proof of competence and evidence of required attitudes

    The following tools may be used to supplement the above minimum assessment methods:

    Valid, reliable and authentic evidence (presented as a portfolio of evidence) from past achievements and experience may serve to supplement the assessment of applied competence. The portfolio should include inter alia:
  • Written statements from persons (e.g. current and/or previous employer, colleague, peer, manager, external customers) confirming competence of the learner
  • Relevant certificates or awards
  • Previous assessment records
  • Journals/logbook
  • Video footage from a previous crime experience

    Conducting Assessments
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA and be familiar with the full text and subject matter content of the Unit Standard being assessed.
  • The assessor must ensure that the assessment covers the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  57831   National Certificate: Freight Handling  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 
    Elective  50285   National Certificate: Professional Driving  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  TETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Andebe Training and Skills Development 
    2. BPL Academy 
    3. Driving Sense 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.